This is my seventh, year-end roundup of favorite and meaningful images featuring new work, important moments, and pottery adventures. It’s always interesting for me to look back on the collection of images I’ve shared over the course of a year, and reflect on what continues to excite me and what was new in 2017 for me as a maker. These are just a selection of favorites I posted throughout the year on my Facebook and Instagram. As with past years, it’s not an order, it’s a cycle.
As always, thank you for your continued support of my work and studio. A happy, healthy New Year to you and yours!
I titled this post before remembering that 2010 is actually the year of the tiger in the Chinese zodiac. A fitting animal for my very striped year! The stripes and polka dots of layered color are another way for me to visually pop the pattern and draw the viewer’s eye around a form. Plus, I’m having fun deriving influence from here. In the last 10 years, my work has evolved from just ornate to (I hope) elegant, and now I’m entering my…joyful?…playful?…perky?…stage!
Most of these are —or soon will be!— listed in my Online Store for the holidays.
Brand new serving plates in three sizes and a variety
of sumptuous and striped colors! Some available for purchase here.
I throw each plate on the potter’s wheel, trim the foot and alter the rim, giving it some undulation. I also decorate the surface with sponged and trailed slip (the clay version of cake-decorating), swirls and dots of shallow texture and relief patterns. The stripes and/or large dots of color are underglazes and are finished by dipping into one of nine glossy glazes from my palette and fired in an electric kiln to cone seven.